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Just announced: Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam Six special guests, 6th September.

Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam Six special guests

06 September / 20:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Labelled With Love & Debt Records present Louis Barabbas And The Bedlam Six.

In Association With The Association Of Independent Music (Aim) And Club Fandango.

Swing-fixated narrative folk squeezed through a filter of rock & roll. That’s how the Bedlam Six <> describe their sound. BBC 6 Music was a little more concise, however - simply calling it "Excellent in EVERY way!"

This is a band that scarcely pauses for breath; constantly touring and recording, they have performed all over the world - from UK, Ireland, the USA and Mexico, to sell-out shows across mainland Europe and the coastal towns of Australia, their tumultuous concoction of high energy and musical ingenuity has delighted crowds and critics alike. Over the years they have collaborated with the likes of Kirsty Almeida, Liz Green, Hope & Social and John Otway; shared stages with such disparate acts as Motorhead, I Am Koot, Sun Ra's Arkestra and The Buzzcocks; won praise from fellow musicians Supergrass, The Blockheads and UB40, as well as comedians Mark Steel, Sue Perkins and Julian Barratt.

Their new album "Youth" is out now on Debt Records.

Just announced: Acoustic Bhuna ft. Glass Tides Alabaster DePlume George Fell, 1st August.


Acoustic Bhuna ft. Glass Tides Alabaster DePlume George Fell

01 August / 17:00 / More Info / FREE

Acoustic Bhuna is Band On The Wall's acoustic showcase evening, playing host to some of the very best acoustic music that the North West has to offer.

Every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month, between 6 and 10pm, you will be able to see three of the regions finest acts playing for FREE in the cosy setting of Band On The Wall's Picturehouse Cafe-Bar. 

This week's acts are:

Glass Tides

Forged in Manchester's vibrant open mic scene, Glass Tides have earned themselves a loyal and rapidly growing fan base through their impassioned song writing and dynamic live performances. Championed by BBC Introducing, Glass Tides have recently recorded their debut EP at the illustrious Blueprint Studios, for release later in 2014.

Alabaster DePlume

George Fell


Doors open a 5pm, music starts at 7:30pm. FREE ENTRY.

As a perfect accompaniment to the live music, you can tuck into one of Chef Giles' fresh, home made curries, made with locally sourced ingredients and a whole lot of love. And why not wash it all down with a refreshing pint of cask ale from our sponsors, Green Mill Brewery?


Just announced: Justin Furstenfeld, 18th October.

Justin Furstenfield

18 October / 19:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

"An Open Book: An Evening With Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October"

Promising to be raw, emotional and interactive, Justin Furstenfeld, vocalist/songwriter/guitarist for the Platinum-selling rock band Blue October, will perform "An Open Book: An Evening With Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October" for a run of shows in the US, UK and Germany in September and October 2014.  These shows, all presented in intimate settings, will consist of spoken word, a Q&A session, and an acoustic set of songs never before heard, as well as stripped down and softer versions of Blue October fan-favorites.

"I always look forward to the spoken word/solo shows," said Furstenfeld.  "The fact that I'm sitting just a few feet away from the audience, that there are no rules as to what they ask me, or that I don't have boundaries on my answers, is what is exciting to me.  I'm hoping that the evening will give everyone a chance to dig deep, connect, and explore the dark corners of why honesty, no matter how brutal, remains one of the most beautiful aspects of being human.  Through poetry, music, and conversation, we heal.  Why not do it together."

"An Open Book: An Evening With Justin Furstenfeld" Tour supports the release of "Crazy Making," the expanded third edition of Furstenfeld's book of lyrics, hand-written notes and personal photographs.  The book, featuring more than 80 new pages, includes all lyrics from Blue October's albums and EPs, from 1998's The Answers through to 2014's Sway.  The new edition also includes some very personal insights into Furstenfeld's creative thought process through the past few albums, not published in previous editions.  "Crazy Making" will be available at all of the "Open Book" shows, as well as and other online retail outlets.

Wall of Sounds: DJ Yoda Artistic Director Series

Band on the Wall and Brighter Sound are thrilled to announce that DJ Yoda will be leading our third Wall of Sounds Artistic Directors Series along with vocalists Sparks and Truthos Mufasa from The Mouse OutfitShlomo and breakthrough act Rex Domino.

From the 15th to the 19th September, DJ Yoda will lead a 5-day intensive residency for 13 musicians, vocalists, songwriters and visual artists from across the UK and the material created during this incredible week of collaboration will be showcased live on the 19th September at Band on the Wall under the name Breakfast of Champions.
Info here. 

DJ Yoda  - “This is a new arena for me, I’ve done loads of collaborations but I’ve never actually tried to put together a band, so I jumped at this opportunity.  I want Breakfast of Champions to be the start of a real collective.” 

DJ Yoda is no ordinary scratch DJ. His seminal How To Cut & Paste series showcased a tongue-in-cheek mixing style that prompted Q Magazine to declare him “one of the ten DJs to see before you die”, whilst Hip Hop Connection voted him “one of the top three DJs in the world”. Trail-blazing into the world of the audio-visual he has pioneered a new art form, using cutting edge technology that he has been instrumental in developing, to scratch and mix visuals on top of his DJ sets in clubs.

Wall of Sounds - produced by Brighter Sound and hosted by Band on the Wall - is a year-long programme of activity that supports the creative and professional development of artists at the beginning of an exciting career in music. Previous residencies have seen over 150 applications for the 13 available places from the most exciting emerging professional talent in the country and have been led by The Unthanks and Snarky Puppy.

For more information about this project please contact Brighter Sound on or call 0161 830 3899


Just announced: Dennis Bovell Dub Band + Carroll Thompson, 11th October.


Dennis Bovell Dub Band + Carroll Thompson

11 October / 20:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Band on the Wall bring you a huge British Reggae double-bill: 

Dennis Bovell Dub Band with special guest Carroll Thompson

Britain’s reggae maestro Dennis Bovell is producer, composer, re-mixer, bandleader, Lovers Rock pioneer - and the heaviest bassist in town, pumping out the deepest of body-shaking dub grooves.

From the days of his seminal band Matumbi and the radical days of punk, Dennis continues to be a massive presence - he’s worked with the likes of Marvin Gaye, Fela Kuti, The Slits and Linton Kwesi Johnson as well as recently releasing a full length album with the Beta Band’s Steve Mason - and live, the Dub Band’s rock-solid horns and rhythm section never fail to move and groove.

'[Dennis Bovell's] contributions to reggae are huge - he was one of the original architects of lover's rock, a movement that put British reggae on the world map.' The Independent

Caroll Thompson’s debut album, Hopelessly in Love, stands out as one of the most important reggae albums of its time - a groundbreaking release, which helped define British reggae for a new generation.  Her singles I’m So Sorry and Simply In Love, both topped the reggae chart in 1981. She won two GLR Reggae Awards in 1982, for Best Female Performer and Best Song (for Hopelessly In Love). In 1983, she won further awards, again winning Best Female Performer at the GLR awards.

She continued with regular reggae chart hits, recording with Sugar Minott, Trevor Walters,  Aswad and Courtney Pine and worked with Mad Professor on The Other Side Of Love album.

Carroll’s warm vocals and honest songwriting, perfectly capture the magical era of Lovers Rock.

Both Dennis Bovell and Carroll Thompson both featured in BBC 4s acclaimed documentary Reggae Britannia, watch it here:


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